We started last Friday with a slight disagreement about how to deploy the painter to secure the boat to the quayside whilst loading the gear. It’s a question that may never be definitively answered as we seem to have mislaid the instruction manual that came with that particular piece of rope. However after some thought, wrapping it around a bollard seemed like a good plan.
The vital issue thus resolved we headed out to sea. The original target was the “Nadia”, a name that’s been on the GPS for a while but we’ve never been out to look for. Arriving at the location 27km north of Hamriyah, we had reason to be hopeful as there were some fishing pots around although not concentrated at any one location. We searched for a while but found nothing but sandy seabed. The Nadia may indeed exist but if it does then better co-ordinates are needed. Nor did we have any luck looking for the Trading Dhow which was 8km towards the shore. We did spot a small blob on the echo sounder but it didn’t look interesting enough to use time and gas on.
Instead we headed for the Tek – which at least we know how to find. It’s a small wreck and it doesn’t need much time to see it all particularly in good viz which this wreck has had on each of our three visits so far. The one concern with the wreck was that it was covered in nets so we decided to rectify the problem. After some concerted efforts the nets are now 90% removed and what’s left is sitting on top and no real danger to anyone. One more visit and we could finish the job completely.
For the second dive we went to our old friend, the Dara. The good viz had followed us and it was an excellent dive although the current was picking up by this time. One small curiosity – Peter and Rob came across what appeared to be a 50-year old ladies bra, presumably belonging to one of the passengers. This was left where it was. Good though the Dara is to dive, you do get an occasional sobering reminder of what happened to so many of its passengers.
Also spotted was an interesting underwater double-act, later identified as a luther gobi and snapper shrimps. PJ has some good video of this which can be seen above.
With the help of Oliver Jackson, the web site got a bit of an update last week. Now on it are a couple of Peter’s “trailers” which are good fun to watch. Short versions of our more normal videos will now follow. Jutta continues to maintain the site – thank you.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.